Health department

August 8, 2013

Exit C&D Landfill owners to repay some cleanup costs

Source:, August 6, 2013
By: Kelli Young

More than a decade after the Stark County Health Department closed a troubled landfill in Osnaburg Township, the landfill’s owners will repay a portion of the cost to cap, clean and monitor the shuttered facility.

In a consent order filed Tuesday in Stark County Common Pleas Court, former Exit C&D Landfill operators Barbara A. and Timothy B. Williams of Bethlehem Township agreed to pay $15,000 as well as turn over the oil, gas and mineral rights for the property at 7099 Fairhill St. SW. The $15,000 will be paid in installments over the next 12 months.

In exchange, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office and the Stark County Health Department agreed to drop a lawsuit they filed Tuesday to recoup the roughly $500,000 spent by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and the $247,288 spent by the health department on the 133-acre site after the Williamses didn’t have enough money to seal and maintain the landfill properly.

The health department closed the landfill, which accepted debris from construction and demolition sites, in 2002 due to environmental concerns. The agencies continue to incur costs as inspectors must visit the site weekly to monitor the landfill’s pumping system, which prevents the snow and ice that filters through the waste from contaminating the groundwater.

Attorney Gerald L. Baker, who represents the Williamses, was out of town Tuesday and could not be reached for comment. A phone number listed for the Williamses was disconnected.…

September 7, 2011

Ruptured Balto. Co. pipe spills sewage into Patapsco River

Source: Baltimore Sun, September 1, 2011
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A pipeline carrying raw sewage from a western Baltimore County pumping station to a treatment plant in the city has spilled more than 70 million gallons into the Patapsco River since it ruptured over the weekend.

The county said the breach, reported late Sunday, would be repaired by Friday at a cost of about $250,000.

A neighbor of the Patapsco Pumping Station on Old Annapolis Road in Baltimore Highlands reported the spill soon after it occurred, officials said. Baltimore County hired Spiniello Companies, Inc., a concrete contractor, to replace the 54-inch concrete pipe and another smaller pipe was found to be damaged. The larger pipe pumps about 17 million gallons daily to the Patapsco WastewaterTreatment Plant in Baltimore City. That amount continued to spill daily into the river until the line was replaced, officials said.

“The good news is that repairs are nearly complete and the line is expected to be back in operation by Friday,” said David Fidler, spokesman for the county public works department. “There was no good solution to this problem. The line had to be repaired immediately. Letting sewage spill into the river, while we repaired the line, was the only thing we could do. Otherwise, it would back up into homes.”

The Health Department has posted signs warning residents to avoid the river. Health inspectors are monitoring the water quality daily, he said, and have found that the water is unsafe to swim or wade in — or even to touch.

The county lost power at 12 of its 118 pumping stations during Hurricane Irene. That outage may have contributed to the break at the Patapsco plant, one of the county’s largest, with four main pumps that handle about half the sewage from the western end of the county. But a faulty pipe, installed more than 30 years ago and known to cause problems, may have been to blame, he said.

“The pipe was made from pre-stressed concrete,” Fidler said. “Problems with it don’t surface until years after it is laid.”…

June 20, 2011

PA to Analyze Drilling Areas

Read here about how Pennsylvania’s Health Secretary would like to create a registry to monitor health issues in areas near heavy drilling in the Marcellus Shale.…

February 15, 2011

Diesel-fuel is the cause of Whitesburg water contamination, official says

Source: Lexington Herald-Leader (KY), February 14, 2011
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For the third time in less than three years, Childers Oil in Whitesburg has been tied to pollution that shut down the city’s water system.

Residents smelled petroleum in their tap water Saturday morning, and the municipal treatment plant was immediately shut down. On Monday, after testing and searching all weekend, officials determined that diesel fuel had leaked down a ditch line from the Childers Oil bulk plant upstream from the water treatment plant, said state Division of Water spokeswoman Allison Fleck.

Workers drilled concrete at the plant Monday afternoon, trying to determine precisely which pipe or tank was leaking.

“It was a miniscule amount,” Childers Oil owner Don Childers told the Herald-Leader Monday. “We’re working on it. We haven’t pinpointed a source. For all we know it could have been (someone else) dumping in the ditch line.”

Childers Oil donated pallets of water to be distributed to customers of Whitesburg’s water system.…

September 1, 2010

Norovirus Cleaning Begins at Dulles Hotel

Acknowledgement to Ironshore Environmental

By David Brown and Maria Glod
Washington Post Staff Writers
Saturday, January 20, 2007

The Hilton Washington Dulles Airport hotel closed yesterday for the weekend so crews could scrub and sanitize every surface after about 120 employees and guests were sickened by the highly contagious norovirus, which officials say is particularly severe this year.

As the last guests filtered out early in the afternoon, workers from a professional cleaning company prepared to scrub every nightstand and counter twice with a chlorine bleach solution. The crew will also clean carpets and drapes and mist each room with a disinfectant.…